£500-£800 for e-commerce site to be designed?

Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by Personalised Place Cards, Jul 24, 2015.

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  1. Personalised Place Cards

    Personalised Place Cards UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hello, we have had a few quotes for a e-commerce website to be designed.

    We have had quotes from £2000 down to £800.

    This is from a local company and we wondered if this would be a good or bad quote for a e-commerce site?

    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: Personalised Place Cards Member since: Jul 21, 2015
  2. Cameron Ziafat

    Cameron Ziafat eCommerce Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    Just design, or development as well? I'd say £800 is quite cheap for design & development - but it really depends on the scope of the project!
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: Cameron Ziafat Member since: Mar 30, 2015
  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    If you want a personalised theme and lots of funky features then £800 is cheap. If you just want a site (with an off the shelf theme tailored to your business) that people can order cards from then it can be a lot cheaper.

    Consider this. A week's work at £40/hour is £1600. £800 is getting you a couple of days. That's not a lot of time for a bespoke site.
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
  4. ryedale

    ryedale Contributor Full Member - Verified Business

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    So much depends on the specification as said above. If you want to detail the specifications a bit more, we'll have more of an idea as to the pricing range you'd be looking at .
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: ryedale Member since: Dec 17, 2013
  5. BartJr

    BartJr UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Create it yourself, it's very easy. SEO is the difficult part. There is a great tutorial on youtube which covers everything in detail (how to start a website from scratch). Just type in: How to make a wordpress Website- 2015.

    Ps. I wouldn't go with the cheapest option if you are looking forward to find someone to create it for you. There are many great people here on forum, have you approached them?

    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: BartJr Member since: Feb 12, 2015
  6. Personalised Place Cards

    Personalised Place Cards UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Well i the company who are offering this is a local company to us called chameleon web services. They offer bespoke design,graphics and branding,cms and more.

    It's hard to say if it is good as we have never had one designed before
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: Personalised Place Cards Member since: Jul 21, 2015
  7. jamesosix

    jamesosix UKBF Regular Free Member

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    ask them for examples of sites they did in that price bracket.
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: jamesosix Member since: Oct 7, 2013
  8. antp__

    antp__ UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Still a risky one as you can never actually prove whether the case studies shown are in fact £800 or £8000. Saying that though, I have just had a site revamped (ecommerce) for £576 (£480 + VAT). I already had the cart installed and they used a template purchased online. However, by the time they had finished with it, it looked nothing like the one purchased. Styled it to suit my needs and looks fantastic! It was done on a budget but couldn't be happier. I could have done it myself but just dont have the time at the moment.
    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 By: antp__ Member since: Mar 30, 2014
  9. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    They appear to be a marketing company more than web development. So I suspect there will pressure on you to pay for SEO and other services so the £800 could end up being a lot more.
    Posted: Jul 25, 2015 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
  10. Food From Cyprus

    Food From Cyprus UKBF Regular Free Member

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    What does the £800 cover? Did you get an analytical quote that describes in details what you are getting for your £800?
    Posted: Jul 25, 2015 By: Food From Cyprus Member since: Nov 9, 2013
  11. Tom Millson

    Tom Millson UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Quotes are very subjective and depend on so many variables, such as:
    • Experience level of the team working on it
    • Number of people working on the website
    • UK-based company or international (generally UK companies with in-house teams tend to charge more than UK companies that outsource internationally, or outright international companies)
    • How bespoke the solution is, where off-the-shelf is generally cheaper but not customised to your needs
    For £800 (or in that region) it would suggest to me the company is either quite small or outsources the work, based on my personal experience. As some of the others have suggested, ask Chameleon for some references and sample websites with similar scope and budget, then give those businesses a call. Only then will you know if the quote is good or not.

    Also, a breakdown of how much time they spend on each task and the cost for that time goes a long way to helping you understand the value of their time and work.

    Lastly, there is no bad quote if their proposal is one that solves your needs! Just because one may be more expensive than the other does not make it a bad quote, because it may do more for your business.
    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 By: Tom Millson Member since: Jul 27, 2015
  12. ganah-allan

    ganah-allan UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    It is a reasonable budget range if the solution is a combination of open source software and not much custom programming is needed. The most probable solution will be a WordPress theme customized to fit your design needs plus a WooCommerce plug-in. Development would take around 2-3 weeks. Hence, the budget is fine.
    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 By: ganah-allan Member since: Nov 15, 2013
  13. boring-friday

    boring-friday UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I think they'll just customize a theme and tell you its bespoke. You don't need a bespoke site in my opinion with you being a local business trying to get online. Go on the freelancer sites and say you want a premium theme customized, should be able to get it done for £2-300
    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 By: boring-friday Member since: Jun 5, 2015
  14. AT700

    AT700 UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I got an e commerce site designed and built for £350 including hosting and personalised email addresses.
    It was built on Wordpress with and had some great features.

    This price didn't inlcude any SEO, but then again I didn't request any.

    This site only had one product, how many would yours have?
    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 By: AT700 Member since: Mar 17, 2013
  15. Displaycentreuk

    Displaycentreuk UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I have just been through the same process as the OP and am sympathetic to the question.

    The problem is that the price for an ecommerce website depends on two things; namely the functional specification and the charge-out rate of the person doing the work. As regards the functional specification, if you don't spell out exactly what you want then anything will do and thus you end up with a wide range of quotes. Charge-out rates vary widely and are not, necessarily, an indication of competence. In my view it is the credibility of the person/company quoting that needs to be considered and this includes portfolio of work and feedback from existing customers - ask to speak to someone for whom they have done a similar job and check that they are staisfied.

    Coming back to the OP's question, I would be very wary of an ecommerce website for £800. As said by someone else above you are likely to be looking at 2 to 3 weeks of work and I would be expecting to pay nearer £2500. Maybe invite each of the quotes to list their scope of work and share with you the amount of resorce allocated to each task?
    Posted: Jul 28, 2015 By: Displaycentreuk Member since: Dec 4, 2009
  16. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    In a nutshell - you might get a decent site for that, you might not.

    Contact some of the company's previous customers who have sites that are similar to what you're after.
    Posted: Jul 28, 2015 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
  17. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    This is a perenial topic.

    Depending on the specification, this is a bottom end range of prices for an ecommerce site done well.

    If you have many, many hours to spare, and are able to do so, you can, of course, build your own. Personally, I would not go that route, neither, if I was attempting to build an ecommerce business that was my livelihood, would I skimp on the most important asset I might have - my website, and, as is correctly mentioned above, the ongoing promotion of it. Expect to spend up to £3k a month marketing it.

    Unless, of course, your business is a hobby/sideline thing, which is absolutely fine. In that case, build your own site.
    Posted: Jul 28, 2015 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
  18. benecklary

    benecklary UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    eCommerce Website Development is one time activity for that you have to choose based on technical support and flexibility with the developer. cost is depends quality and service.
    Posted: Aug 3, 2015 By: benecklary Member since: Jul 24, 2015
  19. Robert Jones

    Robert Jones UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Try to find a designer in less developed countries, they can quote you a lot cheaper prices i can assure.
    Posted: Aug 3, 2015 By: Robert Jones Member since: Jul 28, 2015
  20. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    This, of all the advice you have received in this thread, is the poorest. It is up to you, of course.
    Posted: Aug 3, 2015 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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